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Think Baseball Is Boring? Maybe a Cat Will Help - The New York Times NYTimes.com no longer supports Internet Explorer 9 or earlier. Please upgrade your browser. LEARN MORE » Sports|Think Baseball Is Boring? Maybe a Cat Will Help Christian Yelich, left, and Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins, along with a member of the security team, attempted on Tuesday to remove a cat from the baseball field in Miami during the fifth inning of a game. Credit Wilfredo Lee/Associated Press When The New York Times asked readers how to fix baseball, we all neglected to consider the obvious answer: cats Chris Neil Jersey.Seldom does traditional baseball please a crowd the way a renegade feline scampering across the infield can. Few home runs are as gratifying as a groundskeeper futilely chasing a cat who is having absolutely no part of it.On Tuesday, fans of the Miami Marlins were delighted to stop watching baseball for a bit as a stray cat evaded capture in the outfield. A cat intrusion on #NationalPetDay? How purrr-fect. : https://t.co/njxsxShFnD#LetsPlay pic.twitter.com/oawbDp48OU — Miami Marlins (@Marlins) April 12, 2017Giancarlo Stanton, the Marlins’ all-star right fielder, tried to directly approach the cat as it burrowed under the outfield wall https://www.shopsenatorsonline.com/40-matt-o-connor-jersey. An overconfident Marlins employee tried to pet the cat, who declined the overture and scurried away.A pink advertisement for T-Mobile on the outfield wall caught the cat’s eye, and it leapt toward the heavens, scaling the advertisement. For a moment it seemed stuck under a yellow ledge, but it proved no obstacle as the cat found its way higher, above the outfield wall and clear of the field. AdvertisementContinue reading the main story“Look at this cat,” Rich Waltz, a Marlins announcer, beamed on the team’s broadcast. “Terrific stuff by the cat. Outstanding!”The cat settled itself away from the dirty hands of humans on a gaudy sculpture that lights up, sprays water and does other gaudy things on the occasion of each Marlins home run. It lay down on a portion of the sculpture painted to look like water, but found no tuna or minnows. Get the Morning Briefing by Email What you need to know to start your day, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday. Please verify you're not a robot by clicking the box. Invalid email address. Please re-enter. You must select a newsletter to subscribe to. Receive occasional updates and special offers for The New York Times's products and services. An error has occurred. Please try again later. You are already subscribed to this email. View all New York Times newsletters.The baseball game resumed, and the Marlins announced that in the event of a home run they would not activate the sculpture. More than an hour after the game finished, the Marlins said the cat had darted away, eschewing the media spotlight https://www.shopsenatorsonline.com/6-andrew-hammond-jersey, never to be seen again by its adoring fans. The Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves, 8-4. Update: Upon being rescued safely https://www.shopsenatorsonline.com/25-dion-phaneuf-jersey, #RallyCat’s elusiveness persisted, and it again ran away – this time into the night. Rally on, #RallyCat! pic.twitter.com/ZbkgDpdbjr — Marlins Park (@MarlinsPark) April 12, 2017The cat became the latest animal in a long history of baseball field invaders to capture the hearts of the public.In 1984, a cat on the field at the Kingdome in Seattle brought joy to everyone except the groundskeeper, who was bitten and clawed as he tried to carry the cat to safety. A kitten runs amock at the Seattle Kingdome Video by MLBSome cats want to prove their speed and sprint across the field, ending with either an open bullpen door or a quick-handed staff member. Cat gets loose on the field at Angel Stadium Video by MLBBut cats are not the only diamond disrupters in the animal kingdom. Squirrels have been known to frequently take in a ballgame https://www.shopsenatorsonline.com/45-michael-kostka-jersey, though they tend to be more acceptable on the field than cats.As seen during a 2014 game, play can continue when a squirrel is in foul territory or the outfield, but a squirrel in the infield is not cool. Dancing across the netting is fine, but running into a dugout will cause a delay. Squirrel climbs netting, runs into dugout Video by MLBAnd sometimes pigeons like the space right between the pitcher and the batter. In 2014, Vance Worley, a Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher, tried to bowl a baseball near two pigeons to shoo them away, but they were unperturbed. Two birds visit the infield, interrupt play Video by MLBWhile it would appear none of those animals were harmed, at least one animal was not so lucky during a much-replayed pitch by Randy Johnson, the Hall of Fame pitcher, in 2001. R.I.P. to the bird. RDW8 Sports: Randy Johnson Hits Bird w/ 105mph Pitch Video by BadBoy RDW8 Continue reading the main story NYTimes Crossword Access, Enjoy 20 years of NYTimes crosswords archives, sync your progress across any device Customized delivery options such as Sunday only, Fri.-Sun., weekday delivery, or daily delivery *Home delivery price based on Sunday delivery.Prices vary based on delivery location and frequency.
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